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Rethinking Guardianship: Emma’s Story

Emma Budway describes her experience as a nonspeaking autistic woman under guardianship and the benefits of less restrictive alternatives.

Guardianship is a restrictive legal arrangement that often strips many rights from disabled people, including the right to make independent decisions. But it doesn’t have to be this way—supported decision-making is a less restrictive alternative arrangement that centers the individual and their wishes and preferences. Emma Budway details how we can reimagine guardianship, including for nonspeaking autistic people like her.

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Authors

Emily DiMatteo

Policy Analyst

Mia Ives-Rublee

Director, Disability Justice Initiative

Vilissa Thompson

Senior Fellow

Video producers

Ala Al Sadi

Video Producer

James Mertz

Video intern

Hai-Lam Phan

Video Director, Production

Toni Pandolfo

Associate Video Producer

Daniel Turner

Events Video Producer

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